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Thursday 24 July 2014

Injury woe will force Tyrone boss Mickey Harte into rethink

Mickey Harte 9/3/2014...Allianz Football League Division 1, Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, Co. Kerry 9/3/2014
Kerry vs Tyrone 
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
Mickey Harte 9/3/2014...Allianz Football League Division 1, Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, Co. Kerry 9/3/2014 Kerry vs Tyrone Tyrone manager Mickey Harte Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is coming to terms with a selection headache in advance of next week-end's All-Ireland football qualifier against Armagh.

A fractured wrist now threatens to keep Peter Harte sidelined for several weeks and will lead the Red Hands boss to amend his defence.

Joe McMahon's sparkling display as a substitute in the win over Louth has thrust him into the frame for a starting role but Tiernan McCann is again expected to be an absentee.

Meanwhile, Kerry threw their hat into the All-Ireland ring in defiant style by beating Cork by 0-24 to 0-12 in yesterday's Munster football final.

The Kingdom were in control from the outset and James O'Donoghue emerged as man of the match with 0-10, eight of his scores coming from play.

Longford, who had conquered Derry in the previous round of the football qualifiers, came a cropper against Tipperary when they lost by 2-17 to 0-9.

It was a shattering setback but Tipperary, taking inspiration from goals from Michael Quinlivan and Peter Acheson, were good value for their stunning victory.

Sligo, though, had to work harder to chisel out a 0-12 to 0-10 victory over Wicklow at Aughrim.

But it was two All-Ireland hurling qualifiers that provided a spectacular feast of skill and thrills.

Clare and Wexford finished all-square even after extra-time, Clare's 1-21 highlighted by a late goal from Seadna Morey while Conor McDonald and Liam Og McGrath plundered Wexford's goals in their 2-18 total.

And Tipperary flashed a defiant message that they have the All-Ireland title in their sights with a 3-25 to 4-13 win over Galway.

In the Leinster hurling final, Kilkenny beat Dublin by 2-19 to 2-10.

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